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Water-Borne Illnesses
In this curricular unit, students learn how water becomes contaminated with specific water-borne diseases, read personal accounts of unsafe water, and work together to brainstorm solutions to the water problems of communities in Africa. The website includes complete lesson plans, a list of materials, assessment tools, and links to on-line components of the exercise. Activities within this module include internet research, lab experiments, discussions and creation of a poster. This unit was created by the Peace Corps in collaboration with the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
    • Lesson plan
    • Module / Unit
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
  • Hydrology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
You are invited to download, copy, and use the resources, learning units, and individual lesson plans that you find on the Water in Africa Web site. Please cite the source of the materials you use, and create a link back to Peace Corps' World Wise Schools. When using the resources from the Water in Africa site, please be aware that they were written by individuals residing in a particular place at a specific time. They are not meant to represent any one country as a whole, nor are they the official opinions of the United States Government or of the Peace Corps.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-618
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Peace Corps World Wise Schools